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Just announced: The Rebirth, 5th May.

The Rebirth

05 May / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The Rebirth is a Los Angeles based septet built on an organic blend of new and traditional soul, hip-hop, jazz, and funk. The Rebirth's strength is not only present in the chemistry provided by the instruments but also in the group's dynamic harmonic vocal layering. Groups such as Earth Wind & Fire, Ramp, Pleasure, Rotary Connection, Side Effect and Roy Ayers have served as models to the re-introduction of this forgotten sound. But while the word ‘timeless’ springs to mind, don’t dismiss The Rebirth as a retro act! The Rebirth uses its seven-member fusion to keep the quintessential soul band experience centre stage, while evolving the genre of soul music towards the future.

The band’s 2005 debut album This Journey In embedded The Rebirth as one of the most influential underground groups, and garnered the Readers Choice “Group of the Year” for the highly reputable online magazine Soul Tracks.  When, in 2008, they released a special remix EP with a new future funk/boogie style single, Love Issue, Blues & Soul Magazine declared “Rebirth come thundering back with the most glorious and heavenly piece of Jazz Funk Imaginable…To be honest, I’m going to have trouble finding a better record than this instant classic this year, 10 out of 10 means perfect, so, ‘perfect’ it is. 10.”

As much emphasis as the Rebirth places on the execution of its recordings, the same focus is found in their live performance. However, while refined in the studio, the live experience is spontaneous. During each live performance, the musical conversation that happens between the band and their audience infuses new life into their songs. The Rebirth has toured the world; they have played many festivals, including the Southport Weekender, Big Chill, South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Blue Note tours in Japan, and The Culture Collide Festival. Now, along with the release of new full-length, Being Thru the Eyes of Child, The Rebirth is gearing up once again to show and prove that soul music is still alive and that a passionate audience is out there searching for it.

Just announced: Beginner Guitar Summer 2015, 1-to-1 and Group

Beginner Guitar 1 to 1 Course Early Summer

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Beginner Guitar 1 to 1 Course Late Summer

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Learn to play the guitar in the way you want from scratch. Personalised one to one tuition in an easy informal setting at the best music venue in Manchester.

Open to adults and young people over 16; a great guitar course for beginners and experienced players who want to learn extended fingerstyle techniques.

The beginner course encompasses a core set of universal guitar skills, whilst remaining flexible, to accomodate students' individual abilities and personal musical tastes..

This course is taught in 5 week 'blocks'. In the first 5 weeks (24th April - 22nd May) beginners will learn to play some well known melodies and chord patterns, as well as how to read basic guitar musical notation and some of the fundamentals of technique.

The second 5 weeks (5th June - 3rd July) will expand on what has already been learned, introducing some more diverse and interesting tunes and techniques, as well as some elementary theory.

After 10 weeks, students will have developed the skills and knowledge to develop their guitar playing independently and with confidence, with the option of returning for extra 5 week blocks of more advanced lessons at any time.

This course will be taught by Noel Maher. Noel is a solo acoustic guitarist and teacher. He plays regularly and runs events at local venues throughout the city. He was taught folk styles by his dad, learned styles from Metallica to classical and now specialises in fingerstyle techniques learning from greats such as Andy McKee, Erik Mongrain and Pierre Bensusan.

 

Beginner Guitar Group Course Early Summer

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Beginner Guitar Group Course Late Summer

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Always thought about learning guitar but not sure if it's for you? Put off by expensive lessons fees? This 5-week course is designed to give you an affordable and accessible 'taster' of the wonderful world of the guitar.

In just five 1-hour group sessions, Brighter Sound's experienced guitar tutor Noel Maher will take you through some of the basics of popular guitar, and show you that learning to play can be a fun and rewarding experience!

Starting from grass roots, this course will cover everything you need to start playing some great tunes within just a week or two:

How the guitar works.

Simple melodies and fingering.

How to read guitar TAB (guitar-specific music notation)

Basics of chords and strumming.

Don't own a guitar? Don't worry - Band On The Wall and Brighter Sound can provide guitars for use during lessons.

 

Just announced: FORQ, 6th July.

FORQ

06 July / 19:30 / More InfoOn sale from: 12th March 2015 at 09:00

Fresh off the release of their eponymous debut album, we are delighted to present the all-star jazz/groove quartet Forq.

Made up of Rudder founder Henry Hey on keyboards (Jeff “Tain” Watts, Joe Locke, Chris Botti, Bill Bruford, Seamus Blake, David Bowie, Empire of the Sun), Snarky Puppy founder and Grammy Award-winner Michael League on bass (Kirk Franklin, Wayne Krantz/Ari Hoenig Quartet, Lalah Hathaway), Chris McQueen on guitar (Snarky Puppy, Foe Destroyer, Myron Butler & Levi, Eric Moore & Resonate) and Jason “JT” Thomas on drums (Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Marcus Miller, D’Angelo), Forq is an all-star ensemble of sorts - but with the spirit and cohesiveness of a garage band.

Though based in New York City, the group retains a subtle Texas accent, where Michael League and Jason Thomas established a fast friendship and musical rapport through almost two years of weekly gigs in legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright’s trio. Upon moving to New York, League teamed up with Henry Hey to form a group rooted deep in that distinctly southern groove, but with both the fire and inventiveness that NYC is known for. Hey and Rogers contribute all but one of the tracks on Forq’s debut album, a mixture of fierce, playful, and soulful material. It’s the Texas-meets-Manhattan cocktail that has a created a sound rich in both musical intelligence and undeniable style.

Henry Hey Keyboards

Chris McQueen Guitar

Michael League - Bass

Jason “JT Thomas - Drums

Just announced: Olivia Chaney, 16th May.

Olivia Chaney

16 May / 19:00 / More InfoOn sale from: 12th March 2015 at 09:00

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards double nominee Olivia Chaney plays Band on the Wall in support of her album debut, The Longest River.

The New York Times said of a performance during a brief tour last month, "Whether she’s singing old songs or her own, Ms. Chaney destabilizes them, turning them into rhapsodic, immediate dramas, giving listeners a reason to hang on every phrase and inflection … Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of a heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate. Ms. Chaney is thoroughly grounded in the past, from medieval music to [Joni] Mitchell. But in her quiet way, she’s radical." 

On The Longest River, Chaney balances her original compositions—including the two pieces that first brought her acclaim, "The King’s Horses" and "Swimming in the Longest River"—with a selection of covers that she has newly arranged and that illustrate the broad sweep of her taste: "Blessed Instant" by Norwegian jazz singer-composer Sidsel Endresen; an adaptation of 17th-century Baroque composer Henry Purcell’s "There’s Not a Swain"; 20th-century Chilean folk composer Violetta Parra’s "La Jardinera"; and "Waxwing," from Scottish avant-folk singer-songwriter Alasdair Roberts.

Chaney graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and learned the guitar from her father’s renditions of Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention, and Bert Jansch, among others. Since then she has built a loyal and growing following, both in the UK and internationally, through her acclaimed live performances, as a solo artist and also in collaboration with a diverse range of artists, including Alasdair Roberts, Zero 7, and The Labèque Sisters. In February 2013, she self-released her eponymous debut EP, which found her further fans with media and public alike, leading BBC Music to write "it confirms Chaney’s arrival as a major talent."

‘Boldly eclectic…highly individual…elegantly impressiveThe Guardian

A star in the making.' The Independent

Just announced: Sherwood & Pinch, 1st May.

Sherwood & Pinch

01 May / 21:00 / More InfoOn sale from: 12th March 2015 at 09:00

After a pair of huge releases on their own imprints, dub warriors Adrian Sherwood & Pinch finally deliver their long-awaited debut LP Late Night Endless. Using their chest-rattling live show at Tokyo’s Sónar in April 2013 as the catalyst for the full length, the individual strengths of each producer are a perfect fit; with Pinch’s complex drum work interlocking with Sherwood’s spatial electronic dub imprints.

The culmination of two years in the studio developing, re-dubbing and deconstructing tracks, it finds the highest common factor between the two’s techniques and touches on the urban swing of UK garage, on interstellar nineties ambient dub and the mystical minimalism of Pinch’s first releases. Utilising Sherwood’s deep-fathomed sound bank, Late Night Endless also incorporates elements of his previous productions, including vocals by Daddy Freddy, Congo Natty, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Prince Far I and Andy Fairley.

Adrian Sherwood built up a vast catalogue of music through the 1980s as producer to the sprawling dub-industrial-electro collective that was On-U Sound, which emerged from a fertile post-punk scene that was embracing Jamaican rhythms. In his capacity as a DJ and live sound engineer/dub controller, he connected with the likes of The Clash, The Slits, Public Image Limited and The Pop Group. He also remixed, produced and collaborated with Primal Scream, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Depeche Mode, The Fall, Blur, Air, Peaking Lights, Django Django and Machinedrum.

Pinch has became revered as a dubstep stalwart, founder of the respected label Tectonic. He’s one of the earliest dubstep producers to expand outwards into techno and other sounds to keep his work and his Tectonic label fresh as dubstep itself went mainstream. One of Pinch's most well-known tracks is "Qawwali", which references the devotional singing of the same name and features samples of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. One of the first producers in the dubstep scene to release a fully realised album in Underwater Dancehall, he also made connections with an older tradition of heavy bass music by releasing an album by dub legend Scientist on Tectonic. More recently, he collaborated with man of the moment Mumdance to deliver a b2b mix full of dubplates and unheard material.

When their paths finally crossed, two limited edition 12” EPs – Bring Me Weed and Music Killer – followed, but it was being asked to deliver a live show for Sónar Tokyo in April 2013 that really put a rocket under the project. “We decided to have a whole studio on stage” says Adrian, “so that the mix truly is delivered live in a totally unique way that can never quite be done the same again”. The result was triumphant, with even master of noise abuse Alec Empire [Atari Teenage Riot] watching agog from the side of the stage and broadcasting to the world what a revelation it had been. We can’t wait to see what they’ve got for us.

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